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Exclusive: Apple held talks with EV startup Canoo in 2020

Apple held meetings with California EV startup Canoo in the first half of 2020 as part of the Silicon Valley giant’s secretive effort to advance its own electric vehicle project, three people familiar with the talks have told The Verge. Canoo’s scalable electric vehicle platform, or “skateboard,” is largely what drew Apple’s interest, the people said. Canoo was more interested in taking on an investment from Apple, two of the people said. Hyundai and Canoo previously announced a plan to co-develop electric vehicles in February 2020, though that project appears to be unrelated to the startup’s talks with Apple. While Canoo now has the money it sought at the beginning of 2020, that hasn’t softened its ambitions to work with big companies like Apple.

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